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General Information

Founded in 1920 by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Saint Rose is a private, independent, co-educational college, located on an urban, 48-acre campus in Albany, NY, the state’s capital. Through a strong liberal education curriculum and progressive academic programs, the College serves traditional students and working professionals in undergraduate, master’s, and certificate programs.


Scholarly. Energetic. Socially active.

These words have described Saint Rose since 1920, when the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet — known for their dedication to unity with all people—founded the college. From the outset, while building on a liberal arts curriculum, the College emphasized the professional training of teachers for which it is renowned even today, along with a diverse offering of majors and programs. In the early years, that emphasis expanded to prepare women for business and other professions. Men were first admitted as the College opened its evening division for World War II veterans in 1946 and the graduate school three years later. In 1969 Saint Rose become fully coeducational.

From those beginnings, Saint Rose grew into what it is today: a progressive, independent college sponsored by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

Mission Statement

The College of Saint Rose community engages highly motivated undergraduate and graduate students in rigorous educational experiences. In the progressive tradition of the founding Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, we welcome men and women from all religious and cultural backgrounds. In addition to developing their intellectual capacities, students have the opportunity to cultivate their creative and spiritual gifts in a diverse learning community that fosters integrity, interdependence, and mutual respect.

The College delivers distinctive and comprehensive liberal arts and professional programs that inspire our graduates to be productive adults, critical thinkers, and motivated, caring citizens. Our engagement with the urban environment expands the setting for educational opportunities and encourages the Saint Rose community’s energetic involvement and effective leadership in society.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 2005.

Integrity Statement

Honesty, trust, respect, fairness, responsibility, and the free exchange of ideas form the foundation of integrity that supports the entire community at The College of Saint Rose. Faculty, staff, administrators, and students embrace these ideals in all their interactions and communications. Members of the Saint Rose community are committed to developing and implementing clear and fair institutional policies, standards, and practices, applied equitably and humanely. In keeping with its mission, The College of Saint Rose creates a culture that continually fosters the development of personal integrity and promotes ethical behavior throughout the larger society.

Approved by the Board of Trustees, May 2005.

Statement of Values

The College of Saint Rose values an environment which:

  • Promotes academic excellence
  • Nurtures respect for and commitment to lifelong learning
  • Strives to achieve a caring, diverse community
  • Fosters the development of the whole person
  • Empowers individuals to improve themselves and the world around them
  • Reveres its Catholic history and heritage and respects other traditions

Adopted by the Board of Trustees, May 1994.

Academic Vision

Students at The College of Saint Rose engage in a personalized academic experience in a caring and intellectually stimulating college community. The College’s investments in academic resources create experiences that are characterized by:

  • A culture that challenges students to take responsibility for their academic achievement and lifelong learning;
  • A curriculum that responds to advances in scholarship and the needs of students and society;
  • Academic values that promote critical thinking, knowledgeable use of information resources, effective communication in all media, ethical decision-making and active citizenship in a diverse, just society;
  • A faculty committed to excellence in student-centered teaching, scholarship, and creative endeavors; and
  • Involvement in campus life and participation in Albany and the larger community.

Accreditation and Memberships

The College of Saint Rose, sponsored by the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet, Albany Province, is chartered by the Board of Regents of New York State. All of its degrees and programs are registered and its professional programs fully approved by the Board of Regents through the New York State Education Department.

The College of Saint Rose is an accredited institution and a member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) The College of Saint Rose’s accreditation status is Non-Compliance Warning. The Commission’s most recent action on the institution’s accreditation status, on June 22, 2023, was to warn the institution. The College’s Statement of Accreditation Status is maintained on the MSCHE website. MSCHE is an institutional accrediting agency recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

The specialized accrediting agencies noted below are recognized by the U.S. Secretary of Education and/or the Council for Higher Education Accreditation:

  • The School of Business at The College of Saint Rose, inclusive of its degree programs at the bachelor’s and master’s level, is accredited by the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs.
  • All Financial Planning degrees and certificates are Certified Financial Planner Board Registered Programs.
  • The Communication Sciences and Disorders program at the master’s level is accredited by The Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology.
  • Programs offered by The College of Saint Rose for the preparation of all school professionals, leading to initial and advanced certifications, are accredited by the Association for Advancing Quality in Educator Preparation (AAQEP).
  • The bachelor’s and master's programs in Social Work are accredited by the Council for Social Work Education, a specialized accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation.
  • The master’s level School Psychology Program at The College of Saint Rose is approved by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).

Graduation & Retention Statistics

  • Total degrees awarded in Fiscal Year 2022: 2,059
  • Fall 2018 first-year students graduating in 4 years at Saint Rose: 37.2%
  • Fall 2016 first-year students graduating in 6 years at Saint Rose: 55.1%
  • Fall 2021 first-year students One Year Retention Rate: 68.6%

The retention rate is the percentage of first-year students enrolled at the end of the spring term.

The undergraduate graduation rate is based on the number of entering first-year students in a given year who graduate within a four-year period and a six-year period.

Post-Graduate Outcomes

Employment statistics and graduate/professional school outcome information, gathered from annual surveys of recent graduates may be found on the College website at

Right to Modify

The College of Saint Rose reserves the right without prior notice to change the tuition, fees, rules, delivery and calendar regulating admission, registration, instruction, operation and graduation, and to change any other policy, program or regulation affecting Saint Rose students. Any such changes do not excuse students from their obligation to pay tuition and fees. Changes go into effect whenever Saint Rose officials so determine and apply not only to matriculated students but also prospective students.

The College reserves the right to discontinue courses or programs at any time for any reason.

This catalog contains general information. Information in this catalog pertains to the 2023-2025 academic years. It is not a contract and statements in it should not be construed as a promise of specific treatment for any particular circumstance.